Tortoises can be found in countries around the world, but are mostly located in the Southern Hemisphere due to warmer weather for most of the year. While all tortoises are known for their extreme reproduction rituals that forces females to travel many miles to lay their eggs at their original birthplace, no other tortoise in North America experiences the extreme conditions as that of the Desert Tortoise. In some areas, the number of Desert Tortoises has decreased by 90%, primarily due to human habitat encroachment. Desert Tortoise declines appear to have been most severe and widespread in the Western Mojave Desert in the American Southwest, but continue to make a comeback.

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